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Brooklyn Monster Ale

Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops.

After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.8%.

It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Matches

Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to cheeses, ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Amber color, small head. Light alcohol brandy like taste, but intense. Almond and amaretto nose. Long lasting with a kick of hoppiness in the end. Nice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Extremely dissapointed as I have really enjoyed Brooklyn’s other beers in the past and had high hopes for this one. Pours a deep red color with a tiny tiny bit of offwhite head. Appears more like a wine than a beer. Aroma is sour and offensive, nothing that made me eager to try it. Taste likewise is harsh, sour, and bitter. I finished the bottle but I will never buy another one of these ever! BLAH! Alcohol taste extremely pronounced. Overall, not good at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
sorely disappointed. Off flavor, horrible smell. I’m letting the other I have sit for a long time before I try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maurizio (4) - ITALY - FEB 18, 2005 does not count
Remember me a Christmas cake... Raisins, nuts... Tasted in Turin during Slow Food exhibition 2004. The best barley wine in that tasting....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. Deep red colour with a small baige head. Sweet fruity aroma and a sweet light hoppy bitter alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [12 oz. bottle - 2004 vintage] Clear copper pour with a very thin tan head and lots of carbonation. Light and sweet aroma of malt with some floral notes. Very sweet and fruity flavor with hints of sherry at the beginning that goes to a very thick malty middle and a sweet and chewy finish. The aftertaste is very sweet with lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours deep red with a small white head. Aroma of cardboard and floral hops--very nice. Good fruity, hoppy flavor, nice warming as it slides down the throat. One of the more drinkable barleywines I’ve run across.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 15, 2005
(on bottle,2004 edit.) it´s a very sweet sent that hits the nose at first, you wait; and it´s still very fruity and sweet. Tons of goodies in a bole. Trying hard, ther´s some alcoholsmell too. The mouth feel is filled with the alkohol, urprising from the absense in sent and then rot, fruits and rice(sorry) The finish is unfinished, mshy/malty/appelish and a bit of the alcohol, needs, no surprie, ageing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled. Orange colour with a small fast disappearing head. Sweet aroma with lots of sherry, plums, alcohol and with notes of hops. Sweet flavour with hops, plums and alcohol. Nice, but I prefer barley wines with less bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. Amber-red with minimal head. Alcohol, cognac, over-ripe fruit, solid hop presence, medium to full bodied. This is a good beer for sipping - but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of american style Barley wine.

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